Dr. Barbara M. Kehm studied German Literature, History and Philosophy at Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) where she was also awarded her doctoral degree in German Literature in 1989. From 1986 to 1989 she worked as a lecturer at the School of European Studies of the University of Sussex in Brighton, U.K.
In 1990 she started work as a postdoc researcher at the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER) at Kassel University (Germany). From 1996 until 2003 she was senior researcher at the newly established Institute for Higher Education research in Wittenberg (East Germany) until she was appointed as a professor at INCHER in October 2003. Between April 2004 and September 2011 she also acted as the Director of INCHER. Currently she is mainly working as a freelance consultant and international expert adviser in a variety of countries (including Germany) and she is still affiliated to INCHER.
Kehm’s fields of expertise are mainly focused on internationalisation in higher education, changes in doctoral education, new forms of governance in higher education and new higher education professionals. She frequently is a member of international research project consortia and works comparatively, mainly with regard to European developments.
Barbara M. Kehm is currently the Secretary of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER), a European based but global association in the field of higher education research. In addition she is a member of the editorial board of four international, peer reviewed higher education journals. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Siegen (Germany) and a member of the International Advisory Board of the University of Helsinki (Finland). Her publications include more than 25 monographs, more than 200 journal articles or book chapters. In addition she has given more than 250 keynote speeches and invited presentations in about 45 countries around the world.